BAFTA win for Dare to be Digital students
For immediate release: Thursday 13 March
Student game developers DOS Studios won a BAFTA Ones to Watch Award last night at the British Academy Games Awards, having been nominated through Dare to be Digital.
The only route to BAFTA’s annual new talent prize is through Dare to be Digital, the eight-week student game design contest run each summer in Dundee by Abertay University.
The winning game, Size DOES Matter, was created by team leader Mattis Delerud, Nick La Rooy, Trond Fasteraune, Silje Dahl and Lars Andersen. The game is a fast-paced side-scrollling action game for iOS and Android, where the player has to match different sized blocks to a continuous series of gaps, all timed to high-speed music.
Mattis Delerud from DOS Studios said at the ceremony last night: “We feel amazing for winning the award and could not be here without the help of a lot of people. We would really like to thank the team at Abertay University – keep doing what you are doing. You guys rock!”
Size DOES Matter also won the £25,000 Channel 4 award at last year’s Dare ProtoPlay games festival, meaning a new, updated version of the game will be published later this year by Channel 4.
Colin Macdonald, Channel 4 Games Commissioner, said after the announcement: “I'm absolutely delighted for the team. It's a well-deserved win against some very tough competition. Even more than before I can't wait until it launches in the coming months.”
Previous Dare to be Digital winners include Sophia George, who is currently the V&A’s first ever Game Designer in Residence. Sophia also presented the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award last night to DOS Studios.
Professor Louis Natanson, who leads computer games education at Abertay University, said: “Size DOES Matter is a very worth winner of the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award. The team behind it showed a great deal of promise right from the start of Dare to be Digital, and put a superb game on display for the judges at Dare ProtoPlay last August in Dundee.
“They deserve particular congratulations for winning in the most competitive, most creative year of Dare to be Digital we’ve ever seen. Each year it gets harder and harder for our independent industry judges to pick the 15 teams to take part, and to select just three winners to go forward for the BAFTA Awards.
“The talent that travels to Dundee each summer shows that the next generation of professional game developers are already a force to be reckoned with.”
Applications for Dare to be Digital 2014 are now open at http://www.daretobedigital.com/
Independent games industry professionals pick 15 teams of five students from the hundreds of entries, to then travel to Dundee to build brand new games in just eight weeks.
All of the games go on show at the Dare ProtoPlay festival in Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square on 7-10 August. Last year’s event attracted 13,000 visitors over four days.
Applications to Dare to be Digital 2014 close at 9am on Monday 21 April.